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* ThePollyanna: Colas.

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* ThePollyanna: Colas.Colas, unless something ''really'' bad happens.


''Colas Breugnon'' is a 1918 novel by RomainRolland, a nostalgic look at his hometown of Clamecy through the eyes of the eponymous sixteenth-century old carpenter. Written as his {{diary}}, it chronicles the local goings-on, from wars through plagues to brigandry, through his [[ThePollyanna optimistic and joyful eyes]], the optimism undying even when struck with personal tragedy or unlucky love.

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''Colas Breugnon'' is a 1918 novel by RomainRolland, a nostalgic look at his hometown of Clamecy through the eyes of the eponymous sixteenth-century old carpenter. Written as his {{diary}}, it chronicles the local goings-on, from wars through plagues to brigandry, through his [[ThePollyanna optimistic and joyful eyes]], the optimism undying even when struck with personal tragedy or unlucky love. A mostly light-hearted book.




Enjoys surprise popularity in Poland, where it is considered a highly heartwarming book.

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->''Thanks be to St. Martin, business is bad, so there is no use in breaking one's back; and Lord knows I have worked hard enough in my time to take a little rest and comfort here at my table, with a bottle of wine on my right hand, the ink-well on the left, and a new quire of paper before me.''

''Colas Breugnon'' is a 1918 novel by RomainRolland, a nostalgic look at his hometown of Clamecy through the eyes of the eponymous sixteenth-century old carpenter. Written as his {{diary}}, it chronicles the local goings-on, from wars through plagues to brigandry, through his [[ThePollyanna optimistic and joyful eyes]], the optimism undying even when struck with personal tragedy or unlucky love.

It has had an opera adaptation written by Dmitry Kabalevsky back in the thirties.

Enjoys surprise popularity in Poland, where it is considered a highly heartwarming book.
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!!Contains examples of the following:

* BawdySong: Colas mentions that he knows a lot of these.
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: Military aid for the besieged town comes only after it has ended amicably, in the middle of a celebratory feast.
* CharacterTitle
* CockFight: Colas's and his friend's rivalry for a girl's affections lead to this (back in their youth).
* CometOfDoom: One shows up during the siege; no one is sure what it prophecizes, if anything.
* {{Dedication}}: To St. Martin of Gaul, patron saint of Clamecy.
* {{Diary}}
* ThePlague: And the protagonist himself almost falls prey to it.
* ThePollyanna: Colas.
* TheSiege: But not really a heroic defense against overwhelming odds. The defenders just relax for a few days, then finally make a treaty with the attackers and sit down for a feast together.
* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: With his daughter slowly dying from ThePlague despite the prayers to God, Colas angrily declares that they have other masters they can ask for help, and proceeds to engage in a pagan ritual.
* TheStoryteller: Colas again.
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